Beaker types and their distribution in the Netherlands; lntrusive types, mutual influences and local evolutions (pls. i-xviii; figs. 3-15)
The Beakers represent the 'international' element par excellence in Dutch prehistory. The various types reflect several routes of folk migration to and from the Netherlands. To place the Dutch Beakers in the framework of European prehistory is a fascinating problem. The higher sandy grounds of the Low Countries - adjacent to the ancient trade routes along the Atlantic coast, near the mouths of the rivers Rhine and lVIeuse and opposite to Great Britain - were an important area of settlement for the Late Neolithic peoples whose migrations can be traced by means of Beaker pottery.